Virtual Cafe Scientifique, University of Southampton

Virtual Cafe Scientifique

Don't Buy an Electric Car

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Electric cars are a very attractive proposition for reducing pollution levels in towns and, as they are more efficient than traditional combustion engines, for reducing energy use. 

However if everyone bought an electric car, far from being a real improvement, there would be serious consequences for the UK’s electricity supply. Here we set out the problem and the consequences if nothing changes. 

We also describe the current scientific research that is seeking the solution and which will enable us to move to a low carbon energy generation system and to wean ourselves off fossil fuels.